Saturday, December 18, 2010

Inspiration for the Day, December 18, 2010: 

from "The Fibromyalgia Advocate: Getting the Support You Need to Cope with Fibromyalgia and Myofascial Pain Syndrome" by Devin J. Starlanyl, M.D.:

"Many of us get hit with negativity bombs delivered by well-meaning people who try to explain away our conditions, not realizing that they're basically blaming us for having FMS and/or MPS. They say, 'If you just forgot about it, you'd feel better.' Clearly they need to be educated. So educate them. Well-meaning religious representatives can also deliver mighty blows, kicking us when we are down. When we are told that sickness is the way we are 'paying for our sins', that constitutes 'cruel and unusual punishment'. Try to educate them. Don't accept the guilt.

"I have spoken with religious leaders and others, and with few exceptions, I've been told to explain clearly that illness is not our fault. God doesn't want people to suffer. Unconditional love seems to be the Golden Rule here. So why do we fall ill?

"Native American healers and leaders believe that sickness is a way to learn - a process by which we can evolve to a clearer, deeper understanding of what it means to be a human being. Sometimes an unusual illness is the first sign that a person has been chosen to become a shaman, or healer. Perhaps we all have been chosen to be healers in some way. Perhaps we are teaching others - and ourselves - patience and compassion. Many great souls in history have had difficult, painful lives.

"Many FMS and/or MPS patients who believe in reincarnation have written to me asking if they were horrible people in their previous lives. Why else would they have FMS/MPS Complex? I spoke to Gordon-Michael Scallion, an internationally known psychic and friend, about this. He said that we may simply have wanted to understand the essence of life more thoroughly.

"My friend, Paul Gallagher, the director of the Deer Mountain Taoist Academy, agrees. he said that an illness such as this can be a path to spiritual enlightenment. Your spiritual belief system can be a great emotional support to you, and a positive influence in your life and the lives of those around you."

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